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The Challenge of Exterior Doors

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 25, 2013 01:00 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Jan 23, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions My struggle to find reasonably energy-efficient exterior doors for our new house The wood-like fiberglass door we found for our farmhouse. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson Despite the chilly (seasonable) weather, work is progressing on the renovation/rebuild of our house in Dummerston. Last week, the three exterior doors were installed. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves: the lack of really good choices for highly energy-efficient exterior doors. We ended up with a solution that I think will be okay, but there is a huge void in the world of truly high-performance doors. Here, I’ll describe the three doors we put in. I hope you can put up with my whining. The front door The purpose of front doors, I’m told, is to look nice. But I also wanted a front entrance door that would remain stable and airtight over many years or service and that would provide reasonable insulating value. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend more than about $2,000 for it. That proved a challenge. I would have loved to install one of the gorgeous custom entrance doors made by Steve Benson’s company, J.S. Benson Woodworking , in Brattleboro. They are custom-fabricated of durable and highly stable triple-laminated mahogany (sustainably produced wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is available), but as solid wood, there is very little insulating value: maybe R-3 for a 2-3/4”-thick door. read more




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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